Natural History

These individual objects are also available:
  • NEW! Classroom set of bear skulls
  • NEW! Classroom set of sea otter skulls
  • Moose jaw
  • Caribou antler
  • Dall sheep horn
  • River otter skull
  • Sea otter pelt
  • Beaver pelt
  • Beaver skull
  • Arctic fox pelt
  • Red fox pelt
  • Lynx pelt
  • Whale baleen
  • Alaska mammal toys (various plastic figures)
  • And more; if you are looking for a specific object, contact us at

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Arctic Marine Mammals Kit

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This kit is in the process of being revamped and expanded. Please check back soon for information on availability.

Arctic Marine Mammals kit contents on black background.

Learn about Arctic marine mammals and their important roles in the arctic ecosystem and Alaska Native cultures. Investigate different groups of marine mammals in Alaska, including cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, and walruses), and marine fissipeds (sea otters and polar bears). Learn about the use of Arctic mammals in Alaskan art, and explore the Arctic marine food web.


Beaver kit contents on black background.Beaver Kit

Learn about the largest rodent in North America. Practice observation skills and investigate the physical characteristics and adaptations of beavers by examining skulls, feet, fur, and teeth. Discover how to recognize indirect sign (tracks, scat) and learn about beaver habitats.

What’s in the Kit?

Beaver pelt
Beaver skull object
Beaver claw object
Chewed beaver stick object
Track stencil object & activity
Beaver footprint mold (front & rear) object & activity
Beaver footprint cast object
Beaver scat replica object
Beaver replica (plastic) object
Beaver info sheets and features cards
Beaver tail pastry recipe
Build a beaver lodge activity

Recommended grade levels: preK-12
Key words: Adaptations; Beaver; Habitats; Mammals; Rodents; Tracking

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Camouflage & Natural Selection Kit

Camouflage & Natural Selection kit contents on black background.

How many insects can you see? Can you spot the fish? Why do hares and ptarmigans change color? In this kit you will find games and artifacts to support discussions about camouflage and to introduce the concepts of natural selection and adaptation.

What’s in the Kit?

Natural selection game: “eat them all” activity
Hide-and-seek cards activity
“Master of Disguise” butterfly activity
Willow ptarmigan wings (2) and foot objects
Snowshoe hare pelts (2) objects
Adaptation and natural selection info sheets
Feathered snowshoes and color adaptation info sheets
Animal Disguises book

Recommended grade levels: K-5
Key words: Adaptations; Camouflage; Mimicry; Natural Selection

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Compare the Bear kit contents on black background.Compare the Bear

What are the differences between a grizzly bear skull and a polar bear skull? Do the differences tell us anything about their diet or the environment they live in? Using observations and measurement, students will compare two bear skull replicas. From a simple comparison activity to a more complex skull and jaw measurement activity, this kit can be used in a variety of ways.

What’s in the Kit?

Grizzly bear skull object
Polar bear skull object
Polar bear fur object
Polar, grizzly and black bear claw replicas object
Measure and compare activity
Skull and jaw comparison activity
Calipers (4)  tools
Grizzly and polar bear info sheets
Alaska’s Bears book

Recommended grade levels: 2-12
Key words: Black Bear; Claws; Grizzly Bear; Measurement; Polar Bear; Skull

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Fish & Salmon Kit contents on black background.Fish & Salmon Kit

What are the different parts of a fish? How do salmon live? This kit offers an general introduction to fish, with a focus on Pacific salmon. Students will also discover how to determine the age of a fish using vertebrae, otoliths, and scales.

What’s in the Kit?

Build a Fish
Find the Fish activity
Sea Star object
Gyotaku Fish Print suggested activity
Aging Fish information and suggested activity
          Sockeye salmon scales
          Perch scales
          Burbot otoliths
          Chum salmon vertebrae
Salmon Mold object
Ident-I-Cards activity
Pacific Salmon Life Cycle display
Pacific Salmon Life Cycle Wheel activity
Salmon Stages poster
Fun Fish Facts cards
Alaska’s Wild Salmon book
Otolith Information

Recommended grade levels: K-6
Key words: Fish Identification; Fish Print; Gyotaku; Life Cycles; Salmon

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Insects kit contents on black background.Insects Kit

What distinguishes insects from spiders or crabs? This kit explores what makes an insect and looks at some specialized features such as mouths and legs. Field activities are included to help your class observe real insects year round.

What’s in the Kit?

Ten insect orders
(in resin) objects
Dragonfly life cycle (in resin) objects
Insect life cycles: Ant, Ladybug, Mosquito objects
Butterfly felt life cycle objects
Is It An Insect? activity
Arthropods vs Vertebrates Ratio activity
Metamorphosis/ Life Cycle Mobile activity
Make an Insect Spinner activity
Who’s My Insect? activity
Insect Rubbing Plates activity
Pressed Butterflies (32) objects and activity
Live Observations & Field Activities suggested activities
          Includes nets, tweezers, trowels, magnifying glasses,
          plastic containers, ice cube trays, and leaf litter trap model
Arthropod plastic figures (33)
The Insect Class book
Eyewitness Books: Insects book
The Small Majority book
The Icky Bug Alphabet book
Leggy Exhibit Videos DVD
Fossilized Insects picture
Digital Microscope        

Recommended grade levels: preK-5
Key words: Adaptation; Arthropods; Insects; Life Cycles; Taxonomy

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Lynx kit contents on black background.Lynx Kit

Discover an elusive predator of Alaska’s boreal forests! Experience hands-on discovery of real skulls with this classroom set. Learn about the life history and behavior of lynx. Find out how lynx and snowshoe hares depend on each other. This kit offers resources and choices of games and hands-on activities for a broad range of grade levels.

What’s in the Kit?

15 Lynx skulls objects
Lynx pelt object
Snowshoe hare skull object
Life size lynx cutout object
What is a lynx? Info & resources
Skull anatomy activities
Lynx diet games activities
Animal Skulls: A Guide to North American Species book
Set of 5 Calipers

Recommended Grade Levels: 2-12
Key words: Diet; Lynx; Measuring; Skull, Snowshoe Hare

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Sea Ice Microbe Kit contents on a black background.Sea Ice Microbe Kit

Discover the hidden world within sea ice! Explore how the tiny pockets of salt water inside sea ice support the web of life in the Arctic. Hands-on activities include art, ice exploration, building a food web, and matching DNA sequences.

Note: This kit includes enough materials for a small classroom  or homeschool setting. The activities can easily be adapted to larger school classrooms with additional teacher-provided materials.

What’s in the Kit?

Imagine Yourself in a Brine Channel art activity
     Coloring supplies, paper
Arctic Food Web Game
     Laminated cards and board
Salty vs Fresh Ice
     Paper cups, food coloring, toothpicks, salt, magnifying glass
DNA Detective
     24 laminated DNA sequences

Recommended grade levels: K-6
Key words: Arctic; Food Web; Microbes; Sea Ice

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Tracks & Scat Kit

Tracks & Scat kit contents on a black background.Looking at tracks is a great way to detect many animals. Learn about indirect sign and practice reading the stories left behind by animals. Become familiar with the tracks and scat of some Interior Alaska animals through hands-on activities.

What’s in the Kit?

Ptarmigan and snowshoe hare feet
Tracking board object
12 Alaskan animal track casts objects
12 Alaskan animal scat replicas objects
Indirect signs objects
Ptarmigan feet and track photos
“Track it out” cards activity
Animal track story sheet activity
“What do they reveal” activity
North American animal track rubbing plates activity
Who Dung It? activity
Track ID challenge activity
Poop book
Field Guide To Tracking Animals In Snow book  

Note: Also borrow our snowshoes and/or binoculars for an outdoor tracking experience!

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Animals; Field Study; Scat; Sign; Tracks

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Tree Ring Discovery kit contents on black background.Tree Ring Discovery Kit

Learn about how trees grow and what tree rings can tell us. Challenge your students to analyze patterns of growth in trees and identify evidence of environmental conditions such as fire or drought. Included are enough tree rounds for each student (class of 30) from Western North American trees. Developed by Acorn Naturalists.

What’s in the Kit?

30 tree rounds objects (5 each of Ponderosa Pine, Fremont Cottonwood, Black Walnut, Emory Oak, Velvet Ash, and Salt Cedar)
6 laminated pictures of trees info sheets
30 magnifiers tools
1 activity manual (includes student sheets and activities)
Field Guide to Trees book
The Tree Rings’ Tale book
Alaska Species supplement:
          White Spruce rounds (12)
          Alaska Paper Birch rounds (12) objects
          Interior Alaska Tree Species pictures
          Tree rings: Living Records of Climate activity (from EPA)

Recommended Grade Levels: 2-8
Key words: Climate; Dendrology; Trees; Tree Rings

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